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  • Dodgers LHP Kershaw to pitch simulated game Monday
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw will throw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday.

    • The three-time Cy Young winner continues to rehab from a lower back strain that has sidelined him since July 23. The Dodgers open a four-game series on Monday against the Pirates.

      Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Sunday that the 29-year-old Kershaw is expected to pitch a rehab game next weekend with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      "Once he passes that (simulated game) marker right there, then we'll see where he goes," Roberts said. "But it's probably going to be a (rehab) start either in Tulsa or OKC."

      Kershaw threw off flat ground on Sunday with positive results following a 38-pitch simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

      Kershaw, who was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back after the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 23, was 15-2 with a major-league-best 2.04 ERA with and 168 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in 21 starts before the injury.

      Meanwhile, the Dodgers claimed right-hander Jordan Jankowski from the Houston Astros and sent right-hander Jacob Rhame to the New York Mets to complete the Curtis Granderson trade.

      Jankowski, 28, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Jankowski has gone 24-16 with a 3.46 ERA in 233 games (28 starts) in six minor league seasons in the Houston organization, striking out 509 in 421 innings and limiting opponents to a .228 batting average.

      Jankowski made his major league debut on May 24 against the Detroit Tigers, and allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in three games with the Astros this season before being designated for assignment on Monday. He spent the majority of the 2017 season with Houston's Triple-A Fresno, going 2-3 with a 5.13 ERA in 37 games.

      On Friday night, the Dodgers acquired Granderson and cash considerations from the Mets in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      Rhame, 24, went 0-2 with two saves and 4.31 ERA in 41 games this year with Triple-A Oklahoma City and has posted a 10-18 record with 29 saves and a 3.11 ERA in 210 minor league games in the Dodgers' organization.

  • Mariners place INF Espinosa on waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed infielder Danny Espinosa on waivers Sunday for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release.

    • Espinosa, 30, appeared in eight games with Seattle after signing as a free agent on July 24. He hit .188 (3-for-16) with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs with the Mariners.

      Espinosa began the season with the Los Angeles Angels, batting .162 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 77 games. He was designated for assignment by the Angels on July 16 and released on July 20.

      In parts of eight major league seasons with the Washington Nationals (2010-16), Angels and Mariners, Espinosa is a career .221 hitter with 98 homers and 316 RBIs in 864 games.

      The Mariners also called up infielder Taylor Motter from Triple-A Tacoma.

      Motter, 27, is hitting .350 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games with Tacoma after being optioned on July 24. He began the season with Seattle, appearing in 70 games and batting .204 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.

      Motter was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Dec. 16. He made his major league debut with the Rays in 2016, appearing in 33 games.

  • MLB roundup: Yankees cool off Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    BOSTON -- CC Sabathia came off the disabled list and outpitched Chris Sale and became the American League's all-time leading left-hander in strikeouts in leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

    • Sabathia (10-5, 3-0 against Boston) passed Mickey Lolich with his 2,680th career strikeout en route to working six innings and allowing two hits. He has yielded two runs in 20 innings against the first-place Red Sox, who saw their lead in the American League East drop to four games over New York.

      Tyler Austin crashed a three-run homer in his first career at-bat against Sale (14-5) in the second inning and Todd Frazier hit his second homer in as many nights for the Yankees. Boston lost for only the third time in its last 16 games.

      Dodgers 3, Tigers 0

      DETROIT -- Recently returned Adrian Gonzalez lined a single to right that scored new acquisition Curtis Granderson from second with two outs in the seventh inning, breaking a scoreless tie and starting Los Angeles on its way to victory over Detroit.

      Los Angeles' latest win streak stands at six games with 21 wins in its last 24 games and 52 victories out of its last 61 to achieve baseball's best record at 87-34. Yasmani Grandal hit his 16th home run of the season in the ninth to make it 3-0.

      Ross Stripling (3-4) earned the victory with two scoreless relief innings. Brandon Morrow pitched the eighth and Kenley Jansen earned his 33rd save for working the ninth.

      Brewers 6, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Pinch hitter Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, highlighting a three-run uprising that gave Milwaukee a victory over Colorado.

      Aguilar connected for his 12th homer off Rockies closer Greg Holland (2-4) on a 3-2 slider. Aguilar is 14-for-46 with three home runs and 10 RBIs as a pinch hitter. Anthony Swarzak (2-0) pitched the eighth ahead of closer Corey Knebel, who earned his 25th save.

      Rockies starter Chad Bettis again pitched extremely well for the Rockies in his second start since recovering from cancer, again without figuring in the decision as he allowed three runs in seven innings.

      Angels 5, Orioles 1

      BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena each homered twice in the first four innings as Los Angeles defeated Baltimore.

      Trout's first-inning homer gave the 26-year-old 25 for the season. He became the third player in history to hit 25 homers six times before his age 26 season. Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson are the others.

      Angels starter JC Ramirez (11-10) dodged some trouble in the early innings as the Orioles put runners in scoring position in the first and third but came away allowing only one run. He went 5 2/3 innings before leaving with right forearm irritation in the sixth.

      Indians 5, Royals 0

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trevor Bauer, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined on a seven-hitter as Cleveland beat skidding Kansas City.

      The Indians have outscored the Royals 15-1 in the first two games of this series. Bauer (12-8) gave up seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Shaw and Allen did not allow a baserunner.

      Jason Vargas (14-7), who has only two wins since June 30 after being named to the All-Star Game, yielded four runs, six hits and three walks while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings. Kansas City is 6-12 in August.

      Astros 3, Athletics 0

      HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh worked six shutout innings and a reconfigured bullpen closed out Houston's victory over Oakland.

      McHugh (1-2) earned his first victory on the season in his sixth start after missing three-plus months with an elbow injury. It was a bit of a rocky road for McHugh, who retired the side in order only once and relied on grounders and his defense to eliminate baserunners.

      The Astros turned three double plays behind McHugh, who allowed six hits and walked one batter while striking out three, and six overall.

      Marwin Gonzalez delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning and Alex Bregman homered in the ninth -- his second in two days.

      Cubs 4, Blue Jays 3

      CHICAGO -- Javier Baez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the sixth inning and Chicago hung on to beat Toronto.

      Ian Happ scored on Baez's single up the middle after drawing a walk and advancing on a groundout. On Friday, Baez drove in three runs in the Cubs' 7-4 series-opening victory over the Blue Jays.

      Happ also homered and had an RBI single for Chicago. Cubs starter Jose Quintana (4-2) struck out eight and allowed two runs, four hits and two walks (one intentional) in six innings.

      Padres 3, Nationals 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte hit a first-inning, two-run homer off Stephen Strasburg to lead San Diego past Washington.

      Strasburg (10-4), who had been out since his last start on July 23 because of a nerve impingement in his left elbow, allowed two runs, four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in six innings. He threw 91 pitches, with 61 strikes.

      Travis Wood (2-1) allowed one unearned run -- thanks to his own error -- three hits and two walks in seven innings. Wood and relievers Kirby Yates and Brad Hand combined to retire 13 straight Nationals, with Hand getting his 11th save.

      Rangers 17, White Sox 7

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor homered twice and Mike Napoli also went deep and had four RBIs as Texas erased a 5-0 deficit to rout Chicago.

      The Rangers' highest-scoring night of the season was fueled by back-to-back six-run innings in the third and fourth. It marked the first time the Rangers have scored at least six runs in two innings since they beat Baltimore 30-3 on Aug. 22, 2007.

      The offensive charge made an unlikely winner of Martin Perez (8-10), who threw 40 pitches in the first inning and allowed five runs. Texas finished with a season high 20 hits. Shin-Soo Choo had four, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

      Twins 5, Diamondbacks 0

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios posted seven scoreless innings, and Minnesota exploded for five runs in the fourth inning against Zack Greinke to beat Arizona.

      Joe Mauer had three hits, a walk and an RBI for the Twins, and Brian Dozier added a pair of hits as Minnesota maintained a spot as one of the American League wild-card teams with their third straight victory.

      Berrios (11-5) allowed two hits and struck out seven batters, lowering his ERA to 3.99 in a strong sophomore season. Greinke (14-6) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs (four earned), seven hits and a season high-tying four walks. He struck out four.

      Pirates 6, Cardinals 4

      PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte was 3-for-5 with one of three Pittsburgh homers and Chad Kuhl didn't let a long rain delay bother him as the Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Pittsburgh pounded out 12 hits and rode a five-run second inning. Kuhl (6-8) retired 11 of the 13 batters he faced after the delay, with only one hit. Overall, he gave up one run on three hits, with six strikeouts and one walk, in five innings.

      St. Louis' Michael Wacha (9-6) got rocked after he pitched a perfect first and was out of the game after four innings. He gave up five runs and seven hits, including two homers, with three strikeouts and two walks.

      Phillies 12, Giants 9

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch hitter Ty Kelly capped a seven-run sixth inning with a grand slam, helping Philadelphia rally to snap a five-game losing streak.

      Rhys Hoskins had a three-run homer and Cameron Rupp a solo shot for the Phillies. Adam Morgan (1-1) got the victory after retiring the only batter he faced in relief of starter Jerad Eickhoff in the fifth inning.

      Denard Span drove in three runs, the first with a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the first inning, for San Francisco. Ty Blach (8-9), who had pitched at least six innings in each of his previous eight starts, was charged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings.

      Mets 8, Marlins 1

      NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning as New York snapped a five-game losing streak.

      Rookie Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field homer for the Mets, who benefited from three Miami errors in the sixth inning. New York's Rafael Montero (2-8) allowed one run, six hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings.

      Marcell Ozuna had three singles, including an RBI in the sixth that broke a scoreless tie, for the Marlins, who equaled a team record by hitting into five double plays. The five double plays induced by the Mets also tied a team mark.

      Mariners 7, Rays 6

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mitch Haniger's grand slam got Seattle an early lead en route to its fourth straight victory.

      The Mariners had a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning and held off a rally from Tampa Bay, which had scored nine runs in its previous 10 home games. The Rays have dropped four in a row and 12 of their last 15 as they fade from the American League wild-card chase.

      Logan Morrison had a pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the ninth -- his 29th of the season -- to get Tampa Bay within a run. Edwin Diaz regrouped to strike out Kevin Kiermaier and pinch hitter Corey Dickerson hit a weak ground ball as he recorded his 27th save.

      Reds 11, Braves 8

      ATLANTA -- Scott Schebler broke out of a 2-for-40 slump and Scooter Gennett hit his third grand slam of the season as Cincinnati opened up a seven-run lead and held off Atlanta.

      Schebler was 3 for 4 with double, walk, two runs scored and a RBI in his first start since late July after coming off the disabled list the day before and drawing a walk as a pinch hitter. Gennett's slam, his 21st homer of the year, gave him five RBIs for the game.

      The Braves lost despite three homers, the last a three-run pinch shot by Matt Adams in the ninth inning off Blake Wood. Atlanta got the tying run to the plate, but Michael Lorenzen got Matt Kemp, just off the disabled list, to bounce into a force at third base to end the game.

  • Dodgers place Darvish on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list Saturday in a series of moves after newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson joined the team.

    • Darvish, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Texas Rangers, is dealing with lower-back tightness. The move to the disabled list for the Japanese right-hander was retroactive to Aug. 17.

      Left-handed reliever Edward Paredes was called up and joined the Dodgers in Detroit.

      Darvish's back locked up on him Wednesday and the Dodgers decided to be cautious with him. Brock Stewart is expected to take Darvish's turn in the rotation on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      "Yu feels like he can physically go," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But I think as an organization, we're trying to really do what's best for him. And if there's any kind of thought to his back being sore or stiff, for us to run him out there doesn't make much sense, where we're at."

      The 31-year-old Darvish has made three starts for the Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA. He was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts with the Rangers this season. Overall, he's 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 combined starts between the teams.

      "My initial reaction after the last outing was that I felt like I could make the next start," Darvish said in a statement. "However, after talking to the team and consulting with the doctor, I understand their concern and I respect that opinion. I will make sure to get treatment and rest to get ready for next start."

      Granderson was activated and in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers.

      Paredes, 30, earned the win in his major league debut on July 24 against Minnesota and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games during his first stint with the Dodgers. He was 2-3 with one save and a 2.25 ERA in 35 combined games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year.

      The Dodgers also optioned outfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

  • Umpires in Detroit take stand against verbal abuse
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    DETROIT -- Two of the four umpires working Saturday's Los Angeles-Detroit Major League Baseball game wore white wristbands in support of the umpire association's stand against what it feels is increasing verbal abuse of its members.

    • "This is in support of major league umpires," crew chief Bill Miller said after the Dodgers beat the Tigers 3-0. "We're directing all questions to our attorney so that everything comes from one mouth."

      Miller, who worked second base, and third base umpire Todd Tichenor were the only two of the four spotted wearing the white wristbands.

      There is some thought the wristband wearing came about because Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined and not suspended for derogatory remarks Tuesday about umpire Angel Hernandez.

      Hernandez, working home plate, kicked Kinsler and Detroit manager Brad Ausmus out of Monday's game for arguing balls and strikes.

      "He's not the focus of the situation," Miller said of Kinsler. "That's just part of the puzzle. We've had several instances where umpires have been called out or challenged.

      "Ejections seem to be up, and we just feel like we need to band together and let people know that we are human beings."

  • MLB notebook: Granderson joins Dodgers; Pederson to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was in the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.

    • It was among a flurry of moves by the Dodgers, who placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Joc Pederson and left-hander Edward Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Darvish, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Texas Rangers, is dealing with lower-back tightness. The move to the DL for the right-hander was retroactive to Aug. 17. The 31-year-old has made three starts for the Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA. He was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts with the Rangers this season.

      Los Angeles acquired Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets on Friday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations, creating a logjam for playing time in the outfield.

      Pederson was an obvious candidate to be benched or demoted to the minors as he continues to battle a horrific slump. He was 1-for-3 in Friday's win at Detroit, only his second hit in his last 41 at-bats.

      --The Washington Nationals brought back one ace less than 24 hours after placing another on the disabled list.

      Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was activated to start Saturday night's game at the San Diego Padres after fellow right-hander Max Scherzer went on the DL Friday night because of neck inflammation.

      Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined with a right elbow nerve impingement since pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later. The No. 1 overall draft pick by Washington in 2009, Strasburg pitched five innings in a rehab start at Class A Potomac on Monday, allowing one run and three hits over five innings.

      Scherzer (12-5) was scheduled to start Friday night's game but was a late scratch due to a recurring neck issue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

      --The Chicago Cubs claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets to add insurance at the position.

      Rivera has played all or part of nine major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2004-06), Minnesota Twins (2011), San Diego Padres (2013-14), Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and Mets (2016-17).

      The 34-year-old is a career .215 hitter with 34 homers and 141 RBIs in 453 games. With the Mets in 2017, he was batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.

      The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury on Aug. 9 and traded last month for Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers. Rookie Victor Caratini was promoted from the minors after Contreras went down. To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-hander Aaron Brooks was designated for assignment.

      --The Kansas City Royals placed right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the disabled list because of right ulnar nerve palsy.

      His DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14, making him eligible to return on Aug. 24.

      In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund from Triple-A Omaha before Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

      Feliz signed a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason but was released on June 19 after he went 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 27 innings, while allowing eight home runs.

      --The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list for the excision of a cyst behind his right shoulder, the team announced.

      Gomez, 31, has not played since last Sunday. The move is retroactive to Aug. 16 and the first date he would be eligible to return to the active roster is Aug. 26.

      Gomez is batting .251 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in 86 games (83 starts) this season. He was also on the disabled list from May 15 to June 15 with a right hamstring strain.

      To take his place on the 25-man roster, the Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock.

      --The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back.

      The team also called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Saturday's night's road game against the Texas Rangers.

      Lopez, 23, left Thursday night's 9-8 loss to the Rangers in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 18. He is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 innings in two starts with the White Sox this season.

      Farquhar, 30, was signed by the White Sox as a minor league free agent on July 24 after he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on June 29 and released July 19. He made 37 relief appearances with the Rays this season, going 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings.

      --The Seattle Mariners activated outfielder Mitch Haniger from the disabled list and placed outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain.

      In addition, the Mariners recalled right-hander Casey Lawrence from Tacoma and optioned right-hander Sam Gaviglio to the Triple-A club. Haniger, 26, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 30 after being struck in the face by a pitch in the second inning on July 29. In 57 games with the Mariners this season, Haniger is batting .255 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.

      Dyson, 33, is hitting .255 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 109 games with Seattle this season. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 17.

      Lawrence, 29, is appearing in his fourth stint with the Mariners this season. In 13 relief appearances with Seattle, he is 1-0 with a 5.64 ERA in 30 1/3 innings. Gaviglio, 27, was recalled from Tacoma on Aug. 15 but did not appear with the Mariners during that span.

      --The St. Louis Cardinals called up right-handed reliever Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis.

      The team also optioned right-hander Mike Mayers to Memphis after Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Lucas, 26, will be making his major league debut when he appears in his first game with the Cardinals. He is 8-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 43 appearances at Memphis, converting 14 of 17 saves.

      Mayers, 26, pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Cardinals' 11-10 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. He faced seven batters and allowed five runs (four earned) with four hits and a walk.

  • Nationals activate Strasburg, put Scherzer on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Washington Nationals brought back one ace Saturday, less than 24 hours after placing another on the disabled list.

    • Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was activated to start Saturday night's game at the San Diego Padres, while fellow right-hander Max Scherzer went on the DL Friday night due to left neck inflammation.

      Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined with a right elbow nerve impingement since pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later.

      The No. 1 overall draft pick by Washington in 2009, Strasburg pitched five innings in a rehab start at Class A Potomac on Monday, allowing one run and three hits over five innings.

      Strasburg has a lengthy list of injuries dating to his rookie campaign in 2010. He tore an elbow ligament that season and needed Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all but five games in 2011. He was on the disabled list four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and was limited to 19 starts last season by a sore right elbow and an upper back strain.

      Scherzer (12-5) was scheduled to start Friday night's game but was a late scratch due to a recurring neck issue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

      A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer was lifted from his start on Aug. 1 against the Miami Marlins after one inning because of a neck injury. But he won his two starts after that, going seven innings in each outing.

      Scherzer termed the neck problem as more of a nuisance than a serious issue and told reporters after Friday's 7-1 win that he plans to make his next scheduled start.

      "It's just frustrating," said Scherzer. "I can sit here and laugh at it, because I know what the cause of this is and I know it's not anything serious. Look, last time I went through this, next time I was out there I was at 114 pitches. I fully intend for that to be the case again on Friday."

  • Rangers put OF Gomez on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list for the excision of a cyst behind his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday.

    • Gomez, 31, has not played since last Sunday due to the cyst issue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 16 and the first date he would be eligible to return to the active roster is Aug. 26.

      Gomez is batting .251 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in 86 games (83 starts) with Texas this season. He was also on the disabled list from May 15-June 15 with a right hamstring strain.

      To take his place on the 25-man roster, the Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock.

      Gosselin, 28, was claimed off waivers Aug. 12 from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned to Round Rock, where he is 2-for-13 with a double and walk in four games.

      Gosselin had three stints with the Pirates this season, hitting .150 with a double and two RBIs in 28 games, and seeing action at first base, second base and third base.

      Gosselin has a career major league average of .272 with six home runs and 33 RBIs in 244 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-16) and Pirates (2017).

  • Dodgers activate Granderson, send Pederson to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • It was among a flurry of moves by the Dodgers, who placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Joc Pederson and left-hander Edward Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

      Darvish, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Texas Rangers, is dealing with lower-back tightness. The move to the DL for the Japanese right-hander was retroactive to Aug. 17.

      The 31-year-old Darvish has made three starts for the Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA. He was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts with the Rangers this season.

      Los Angeles acquired Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets on Friday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations, creating a logjam for playing time in the outfield.

      Pederson was an obvious candidate to be benched or demoted to the minors as he continues to battle a horrific slump. He was 1-for-3 in Friday's win at Detroit, only his second hit in his last 41 at-bats.

      Pederson, 25, is batting .215 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 87 games this season. He belted 25 homers in 2016 while establishing career highs with 68 RBIs and a .246 batting average.

      Granderson batted .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 111 games this season for the Mets, including .282 with runners in scoring position. In his last 71 games since May 21, he batted .276 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBIs in that span.

      Paredes, 30, earned the win in his major league debut on July 24 against Minnesota and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games during his first stint with the Dodgers. He was 2-3 with one save and a 2.25 ERA in 35 combined games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year.

  • Nerve issue lands Royals RHP Feliz on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Kansas City Royals placed right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the disabled list on Saturday because of right ulnar nerve palsy.

    • His DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14, making him eligible to return on Aug. 24.

      In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund from Triple-A Omaha before Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

      Feliz signed a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason, but was released on June 19 after he went 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 27 innings, while allowing eight home runs.

      The Royals signed him on June 22, and he is 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA for Kansas City. He last pitched on Aug. 13, when he went one inning without allowing a run or a hit.

      Skoglund is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts with the Royals this season.

      He has a 4-5 record and a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts this year for the Storm Chasers, which includes going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA since being optioned to Omaha on July 3.

      Skoglund made his major league debut on May 30 against the Detroit Tigers, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory.

  • White Sox place RHP Lopez on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained back.

    • The team also called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Saturday's night's road game against the Texas Rangers.

      Lopez, 23, left Thursday night's 9-8 loss to the Rangers in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 18.

      Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA over 10 1/3 innings and 12 strikeouts in two starts with the White Sox this season after being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 11.

      Farquhar, 30, was signed by the White Sox as a minor league free agent on July 24 after he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on June 29 and released on July 19. He went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA over nine innings, one save, 12 strikeouts and a .188 opponents batting average with Charlotte. Farquhar also made four appearances with Triple-A Durham.

      Farquhar made 37 relief appearances with the Rays this season, going 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA over 35 innings and nine holds. He made a career-high 16 consecutive scoreless appearances from April 23-May 23, allowing just five hits with 10 strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings.

      Farquhar has made 230 career relief appearances over six major league seasons with Toronto (2011), Seattle (2013-15) and the Rays, going 7-14 with a 3.85 ERA over 250 innings, 18 saves, 39 holds and 288 strikeouts. He recorded a career-high 16 saves in 2013 with the Mariners.

  • Mariners activate OF Haniger, place Dyson on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners activated outfielder Mitch Haniger from the disabled list Saturday and placed outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain.

    • In addition, the Mariners recalled right-hander Casey Lawrence from Tacoma and optioned right-hander Sam Gaviglio to the Triple-A club.

      The moves were announced prior to Saturday's road game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Haniger and Lawrence will be in uniform and available

      Haniger, 26, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 30 after being struck in the face by a pitch in the second inning on July 29. He began a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A on Aug. 12. In six games with Tacoma, he hit .190 (4-for-21) with two home runs and four RBIs.

      In 57 games with the Mariners this season, Haniger is batting .255 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier this season on April 26 with a strained right oblique, missing 42 games before being activated from the DL on June 11.

      Dyson, 33, is hitting .255 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 109 games with Seattle this season. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 17.

      Dyson has 14 defensive runs saved this season, the fourth-most in the majors. In parts of eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2010-16) and Mariners (2017), he is hitting .259 with 12 homers, 131 RBIs and 204 stolen bases in 659 career games. He was acquired from the Royals on Jan. 6.

      Lawrence, 29, is appearing in his fourth stint with the Mariners this season. In 13 relief appearances with Seattle, he is 1-0 with a 5.64 ERA over 30 1/3 innings with 34 strikeouts and five walks. In 11 games (seven starts) with Tacoma, he is 2-4 with a 4.08 ERA.

      Gaviglio, 27, was recalled from Tacoma on Aug. 15 but did not appear with the Mariners during that span. In 12 games (11 starts) over three stints with Seattle this season, he is 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA. He is 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A.

  • Cubs claim C Rivera off waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets on Saturday to add insurance at the position.

    • Rivera has played all or part of nine major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2004-06), Minnesota Twins (2011), San Diego Padres (2013-14), Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and Mets (2016-17).

      The 34-year-old Rivera is a career .215 hitter with 34 home runs and 141 RBIs in 453 games. With the Mets this season, he is batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.

      The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury on Aug. 9 and traded last month for Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers. Rookie Victor Caratini was promoted from the minors after Contreras went down.

      Rivera has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting to steal this season, a 32.3 percent success rate, which would tie for third-best in the National League if he had enough games played to qualify. His success rate this year mirrors his career totals as he has thrown out 97 of 300 runners (32.3 percent) attempting to steal.

      Rivera is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and enjoyed his best major league season in 2014 with the Padres when he batted .252 and established career highs with 18 doubles, 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 103 games.

      To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-hander Aaron Brooks was designated for assignment.

      Brooks, 27, has gone 8-9 with a 6.20 ERA in 24 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season.

  • Cardinals call up RHP Lucas
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals called up right-handed reliever Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

    • The team also optioned right-hander Mike Mayers to Memphis following Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Lucas, 26, will be making his major league debut when he appears in his first game with the Cardinals. He is 8-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 43 appearances at Memphis, converting 14 of 17 saves. He ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League in saves, while striking out 65 batters in 56 1/3 innings.

      Mayers, 26, was recalled prior to Friday night's game against the Pirates and pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Cardinals' 11-10 victory at PNC Park. He faced seven batters and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk.

  • Dodgers get OF Granderson in trade with Mets
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers added a veteran on Friday to bolster their already-strong roster before the postseason begins in a little more than a month.

    • The Dodgers acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      The 36-year-old Granderson has a .254 career batting average with 312 home runs and 853 RBIs in 1,760 games spanning 14 major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2004-09), New York Yankees (2010-13) and New York Mets (2014-17). The three-time All-Star (2009, '11, '12) and 2011 Silver Slugger also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community work.

      Defensively, Granderson has appeared 1,246 games in center field, 445 games in right field and 59 games in left field in his career. He also has played in 51 postseason games, tied for the 14th most among active players.

      Granderson has a .276 average in his last 71 games since May 21 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBIs in that span. Overall, he's batting .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 111 games this season for the Mets, including .282 with runners in scoring position.

      To make room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-hander Dylan Floro for assignment. The 26-year-old Floro was claimed from the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 4 and appeared in three games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      And with that deal, the exodus from the Mets' clubhouse of veteran players continued less than a week after the Mets sent Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers. That was a few days after they had traded Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians and after the trade deadline when they dealt away Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reed.

      Granderson was in his fourth season with the Mets and 13th overall after four seasons with the Yankees and five with the Tigers.

      "A little bittersweet," Granderson said before exchanging hugs and phone numbers with now ex-teammates such as Robert Gsellman and Wilmer Flores. "But to get an opportunity to play in the postseason is going to be exciting."

      Granderson is in the last season of a four-year, $60 million contract.

      The Dodgers (86-34) are on pace to tie the major league record for wins in a season with 116.

      As for the Mets, Granderson acknowledged, "Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do that this year. But all the things that have been said that we talked about doing, I think we did."

  • Pujols ties Sosa on HR list in Angels' loss
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in Friday's 9-7 loss at the Baltmore Orioles, tying Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the career list with 609.

    • Pujols clubbed his milestone shot in the top of the first inning, a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

      It was the 18th blast of the season for the 37-year-old Pujols and moved him three behind Jim Thome for No. 7 on baseball's all-time list.

      Pujols, a native of the Dominican Republic, also tied Sosa for the most career homers by a foreign-born player.

      In his 17th major league season, Pujols hit 445 homers in 11 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, eclipsing the 40 mark six times during his tenure there.

      Friday's blast was Pujols' 164th with Los Angeles. He had 40 with Los Angeles in 2015 and swatted 31 last year.

  • MLB roundup: Kluber injured in Indians' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs as the Cleveland Indians battered the Kansas City Royals 10-1 Friday night.

    • It could, however, be a costly victory for the Indians. Corey Kluber won his fourth straight August start, but the Indians' ace pulled up lame while running to cover first base on Eric Hosmer's sixth-inning infield single.

      That prompted a visit from manager Terry Francona and the trainer. Kluber stayed in the game for one more batter, a Melky Cabrera single, before being led off the field by the trainer. Kluber was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain.

      Bruce hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning off Ian Kennedy and a three-run blast in the seventh inning off rookie Jake Junis. It was Bruce's 25th multi-homer game and his eighth game of at least five RBIs.

      Dodgers 8, Tigers 5

         DETROIT -- Chris Taylor banged out four hits, drove in two runs and scored once to lead steamrolling Los Angeles to a victory over Detroit, their fifth straight win and 20th in their last 23.

         Rich Hill (9-4) wasn't dominating for the Dodgers but with seven runs while he was in the game, he didn't have to be. Hill gave up six hits and three runs in his five innings, walking three and striking out five, leaving with a 7-3 lead.

         The Tigers' Victor Martinez greeted reliever Josh Fields with his 10th home run, a drive to right, making it 7-4 one batter into the sixth.

      Cardinals 11, Pirates 10

      PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Pham, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong hit home runs, three of St. Louis' 13 hits, as the Cardinals built an eight-run lead and held on to beat Pittsburgh.

      St. Louis won its second in a row and 10th in the past 12 to remain 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

      Pittsburgh lost its sixth straight and fell five games behind the Cardinals and 6 1/2 behind Chicago.

      Reds 5, Braves 3

      ATLANTA -- Cincinnati, flashing its power, backed rookie Sal Romano's longest major league start with a three-homer inning off Atlanta's R.A. Dickey on the way to a victory.

      Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker hit homers off the 42-year-old Dickey in the sixth and the Reds held off the Braves in Romano's ninth career outing.

      The only run off Romano (3-5) came on a second-inning homer by Matt Adams. The 23-year-old right-hander went seven innings after not going past the sixth previously, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three.

      Mariners 7, Rays 1

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A return home to Tropicana Field did little to slow down Tampa Bay's recent slump as Seattle won its third straight game, opening a three-game series with a win.

      Nelson Cruz crushed his 30th home run of the season in the ninth -- at 482 feet, the longest ever recorded at Tropicana Field -- and had two of the team's six doubles.

      Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (5-4) faced the team that traded him away last month and held them to one run on three hits. Seattle stayed in the American League wild-card chase while the Rays dropped to a season-high four games under .500, having lost 11 of their last 14 overall and eight of their last 10 at home.

      Marlins 3, Mets 1

      NEW YORK -- J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Justin Nicolino earned his second straight win with five solid innings as Miami beat New York.

      Marcell Ozuna lofted a sacrifice fly in the third for the Marlins, who have won six of seven to move within two games of .500 for the first time since they were 12-14 on May 3.

      Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, whose six-game home run streak was snapped in Miami's previous game Wednesday, went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Stanton leads the majors with 44 homers.

      Rockies 8, Brewers 4

      DENVER -- Picking up where it left off, Colorado pounded Matt Garza and beat Milwaukee.

      Garza, who last faced the Rockies on June 21, 2015, gave up three homers among the nine hits he allowed and eight runs (seven earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

      Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth leadoff homer and the 28th of his career. Gerardo Parra hit his 10th homer in the fifth, and two batters later Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer that gave the Rockies an 8-2 lead and finished Garza's outing. He has failed to pitch six innings in six straight starts.

      White Sox 4, Rangers 3

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hot-hitting rookie Nicky Delmonico hit two homers and drove in three as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Texas.

      Delmonico's inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and helped make a winner out of Gregory Infante and set up Juan Minaya for a save. The win was the first in the majors for Infante (1-1) and the save was the first in Minaya's career.

      Delmonico's heroics also helped end a four-game winning streak for the Rangers.

      Red Sox 9, Yankees 6

      BOSTON -- Mitch Moreland capped a wild seventh inning with a pinch-hit two-run single and Boston pulled out a victory over New York in the opener of a three-game series.

      The win, the Red Sox's third straight and 13th in their last 15 games, increased their lead over the Yankees in the American League East to five games.

      Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz left the game in the fourth inning with back spasms and the Boston bullpen imploded to the tune of two runs allowed in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

      Twins 10, Diamondbacks 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton hit an inside-the-park home run and was a single away from a cycle. Miguel Sano went deep twice and Minnesota tied a season high with six home runs in a win over Arizona.

      Sano and Eduardo Escobar each hit two-run shots in the seventh inning. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier added solo homers while Ervin Santana recovered from a tough start to pitch six steady innings.

      Santana (13-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out six batters as the Twins drew within a half-game of an American League wild card spot with the victory.

      Giants 10, Phillies 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford provided early offense with home runs and left-hander Matt Moore took a shutout into the eighth inning, leading San Francisco to a victory over Philadelphia.

      Jarrett Parker highlighted a three-run first inning with a two-RBI double, giving the Giants a lead they never relinquished en route to their second straight win over the Phillies in the four-game series.

      Freddy Galvis had a two-run single for the Phillies, who lost their sixth in a row.

      Orioles 9, Angels 7

      BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado hit a grand slam off Keynan Middleton with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the third baseman's third homer of the night, to give Baltimore a come-from-behind victory over Los Angeles.

      The Orioles and Angels each hit five homers in the game, but Machado's blast in the ninth was the biggest. It was his third grand slam in 11 games and finished off Baltimore's comeback from an early 5-0 deficit.

      Astros 3, Athletics 1

      HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel worked seven shutout innings and paced Houston to a victory over Oakland.

      Keuchel (11-2) recorded a season-high 16 ground-ball outs while surrendering just three hits and one walk. He recorded three strikeouts while tossing 100 pitches, 67 for strikes. It marked his second consecutive quality start following a three-start slump that coincided with his return from a two-month stint on the disabled list. Keuchel is 3-0 against Oakland this season.

      Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve slugged back-to-back home runs off Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea (8-8) in the third inning to provide Keuchel a bit of a cushion. Bregman smacked his 14th home run the opposite way to right field while Altuve belted his 19th homer to left.

      Nationals 7, Padres 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Howie Kendrick homered and last-minute starter Matt Grace threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings as Washington beat San Diego.

      Kendrick christened the game with his seventh homer of his season, giving Washington a lead it never relinquished.

      Grace was a late replacement for injured Matt Scherzer. The Nationals ace was waylaid by a sore neck and was placed on the disabled list before the game.

      Cubs 7, Blue Jays 4

      CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta allowed a first-inning run and two hits and then scattered four hits the rest of the way to lead Chicago to an inter-league victory over Toronto.

      Arrieta (13-8) worked 6 1/3 innings en route to his third straight win and seventh consecutive quality start as the Cubs maintained their perch atop the NL Central Division.

      Toronto starter J.A. Happ (6-9) took the loss and had a three-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.

  • Nationals RHP Scherzer (neck) scratched vs. Padres
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    SAN DIEGO -- Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was scratched from his start against the San Diego Padres on Friday night with a sore neck.

    • Scherzer (12-5) arrived at Petco Park earlier than usual to try and loosen his neck, according to Nationals manager Dusty Baker. The two-time Cy Young Award winner informed Baker about three hours before the game that he couldn't go.

      Scherzer, who was placed on the disabled list, was replaced by southpaw Matt Grace.

      Scherzer was lifted from his start on Aug. 1 against the Miami Marlins after one inning because of a neck injury. But he won his two starts after that, going seven innings in each outing.

      "It's his neck, but it's the other side," Baker said. "We're taking the cautious route."

      Baker said the team isn't sure what is causing Scherzer's discomfort. While Baker said he was hopeful Scherzer would make his next start, there's no firm timetable for his return.

  • Red Sox LHP Pomeranz (back) exits vs. Yankees
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz left Friday night's game against the New York Yankees with back spasms, the team announced.

    • Pomeranz, who is 6-0 in his previous 11 starts and a 12-game winner, left runners in scoring position in the first three innings. After Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch of Didi Gregorius' line drive to start the fourth, Pomeranz was pitching to Chase Headley and behind 2-0 when a meeting took place on the mound.

      Pomeranz, who was trying to beat the Yankees for a second straight time and was ahead 2-0, could be seen stretching. After throwing a few warmup pitches, Pomeranz was removed from the game.

      Brandon Workman came on and, after getting as much time as he needed to warm up, issued a walk to Headley.

  • Indians star LHP Miller activated from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller has been activated from the disabled list, the team announced on Friday.

    • Miller has been sidelined since Aug. 2 with right knee patellar tendinitis.

      The 32-year-old left-hander was dominant in his rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Columbus, striking out two of the three batters he faced with 10 of his 12 pitches registered as strikes.

      Miller owns a 4-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 54 innings this season.

      He has issued 10 free passes in his last 19 games (22 2/3 innings), a total that eclipses the nine walks he had during the 2016 season (74 1/3 innings).

  • MLB notebook: Cubs place LHP Lester on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs placed left-hander Jon Lester on the 10-day disabled list Friday with left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue, but the injury is not expected to be season-ending.

    • Lester was pulled in the second inning of Thursday afternoon's game against the Cincinnati Reds due to the injury and saw a team doctor after the game. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 1 2/3 innings as the Reds outlasted the Chicago Cubs 13-10.

      "There's no minimum or maximum, just that it's a 10-day stay and then we'll figure it out," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Friday of Lester's return.

      Lester was replaced by left-hander Mike Montgomery in Thursday's game after facing 11 batters in the second inning and Cincinnati leading 8-0. Montgomery will take Lester's slot in the rotation.

      --The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement, the team announced.

      Fellow right-hander Mike Mayers was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take the roster spot of Wainwright, who leads the Cardinals with 12 wins.

      Wainwright owns a 12-5 mark with a 5.12 ERA in 23 starts this season. The 35-year-old has pitched just 11 innings over his last three starts since returning from the disabled list with mid-back tightness.

      Mayers has pitched four innings in two relief appearances with St. Louis, posting a 4.50 ERA. The 25-year-old notched a 5-6 mark with a 3.36 ERA in 25 appearances with Memphis.

      --Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, celebrated the birth of their first child on Thursday.

      The couple was married in July 2016, less than two years after the 14-time All-Star retired from baseball. The Yankees and The Players' Tribune tweeted their congratulations to the couple after the arrival of Bella Raine Jeter.

      "Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter. We can't wait to meet her," the Yankees wrote on the Twitter site.

      "Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17," wrote The Players' Tribune, which Jeter helped found.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers activated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list.

      The five-time All-Star was sidelined with a herniated lumbar disc in his back. He last played with the Dodgers on June 11.

      Los Angeles optioned utility man Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City to create the roster space.

      Gonzalez batted just .255 with one homer and 23 RBIs in 49 games this season. He also won't be the starting first baseman upon his return for Friday night's road game against the Detroit Tigers due to the stellar campaign rookie All-Star Cody Bellinger is enjoying.

      -- The Cincinnati Reds activated right fielder Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      At the same time, the Reds placed right-hander Scott Feldman (knee) on the DL.

      Schebler, who has hit 23 homers, has been sidelined since July 30 with a shoulder injury. He is batting .228 with 45 RBIs.

      Feldman is on the disabled list for the second time due to his knee woes. He returned on Aug. 12 after missing nearly four weeks and gave up nine runs in 7 2/3 innings in two outings.

      --The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Joakim Soria on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      Soria is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle and has dealt with the issue for most of August.

      Soria is 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA this season. He has struck out 59 batters in 50 innings.

      Kansas City recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster vacancy. McCarthy has made 19 appearances for the Royals this season and is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

      --The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder/designated hitter Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

      Grossman, playing right field, suffered the injury in Thursday's second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians after he collided with center fielder Byron Buxton on a fly ball in the gap in the second inning.

      Grossman singled in his first at-bat after the collision but was replaced before his turn came up the second time around.

      To replace Grossman on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled catcher Mitch Garver from Triple-A Rochester. In addition, the Twins returned right-hander Aaron Slegers, who was the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader, to Triple-A.

  • Derek Jeter, wife Hannah, celebrate first child
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, celebrated the birth of their first child on Thursday.

    • The couple was married in July 2016, less than two years after the 14-time All-Star retired from baseball.

      The Yankees and The Players' Tribune tweeted their congratulations to the couple after the arrival of Bella Raine Jeter.

      "Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter. We can't wait to meet her," the Yankees wrote on the Twitter site.

      "Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17," wrote The Players' Tribune, which Jeter helped found.

      Derek Jeter is part of a group that has a $1.2 billion agreement to buy the Miami Marlins. The group is led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner, while Jeter will be in charge of the business and baseball operations for the club.

      Jeter won five World Series titles and finished his 20-year career as the Yankees' all-time leader in hits (3,465), singles (2,595), games played (2,747), doubles (544), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195) and hit-by-pitches (170).

      Jeter's hit total ranks sixth in major league history, and he boasts a career .310 batting average with 260 home runs and 1,311 RBIs.

      He will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.

  • Royals place RHP Soria (oblique) on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Joakim Soria on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

    • Soria is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle and has dealt with the issue for most of August.

      "He's been battling with it for two weeks," Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters. "He's been pitching through it. He's been pitching very effectively through it."

      Soria is 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA this season. He has struck out 59 batters in 50 innings.

      The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

      Kansas City recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster vacancy. McCarthy has made 19 appearances for the Royals this season and is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

  • Cardinals place RHP Wainwright on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement, the team announced Friday.

    • Fellow right-hander Mike Mayers was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take the roster spot of Wainwright, who leads the Cardinals with 12 wins.

      Wainwright owns a 12-5 mark with a 5.12 ERA in 23 starts this season. The 35-year-old has pitched just 11 innings over his last three starts since returning from the disabled list with mid-back tightness.

      Mayers has pitched four innings in two relief appearances with St. Louis, posting a 4.50 ERA. The 25-year-old notched a 5-6 mark with a 3.36 ERA in 25 appearances with Memphis.

  • Reds activate RF Schebler, place RHP Feldman on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Cincinnati Reds activated right fielder Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, the team announced.

    • At the same time, the Reds placed right-hander Scott Feldman (knee) on the DL.

      Schebler, who has hit 23 homers, has been sidelined since July 30 with a shoulder injury. He is batting .228 with 45 RBIs.

      Feldman is on the disabled list for the second time due to his knee woes. He returned on Aug. 12 after missing nearly four weeks and gave up nine runs in 7 2/3 innings in two outings.

      Feldman was handed a 9-0 lead on Thursday and ended up with a no-decision as he served up five homers to the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old gave up six runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

      Feldman is 7-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 21 starts this season.